Tuesday, May 6, 2014

One last thing?!?! Is it the end??

I really enjoyed navigating through all the activities. I have learned a lot of new ways to integrate technology into my classroom for future students. I enjoyed Animoto and learning about how to get students interested about blogging. The awesome thing about technology is that it is ever changing. If it continues to evolve as fast as everyone is saying, technology really will end up being the education of the future. 

As far as improvements, please make sure that all the programs are compatible with all computer types. I have many URLs that would not work with my Dell ( sorry, it's the only one I can afford). 

I will definitely keep up with my RSS feed to stay informed with all the new educational advancements!

Thing #23

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

The above Copyright and attribution shows that Learning 2.0 and 23 things was based off original work and modified to fit appropriate educational content. 

I have found Creative Commons to be a useful tool to teach students about copyright and plagerism and allow them to check their work. It will also help them back up their work if it is 100% original and they want the credit so others can use it. 

Thing # 22

Livebinders appears to be a very useful tool for educators to save all their most prized electronic resources. Upon trying to complete my binder, I found the page difficult to navigate and very uncooperative for a website. There was no tutorial on the actual website about navigation and creation of the binders.

Thing #21

Blogspot Animoto

Working on Animoto was so much fun!

It was SUPER easy to use and navigate. The template and song I used really put life into my past, experiences and memories! This is a great way to put together classroom memories as a gift to students and their families at the end of the year. Teachers can provide a link to view the video. This is also a great way to pay tribute to different student organizations throughout the school year.

Thing #20

This was a recent you tube video I showed to my first grade science unit about how seeds travel to create plants. It can be difficult to find videos appropriate for children, and if I'm in a pinch to find another video to back up a lesson, I'm always afraid something inappropriate will pop up.
I like that I have the ability to post certain videos or tutorials to a potential classroom website or social media site to share with my students. Youtube can be a very helpful tool.

Thing # 19

Educators can use social media sites for a multitude of educational resources and forums. Educators can use social media as a bridge to connect to their students and show they each have a common ground. Educators can use social networking for assignments such as web quests and Wiki's. 

I belong to other social networks such as Pinterest and Google+, but will most likely not use these within the classroom. 

I would however potentially consider a classroom facebook group, but most school wifis do ot allow for this social media. 

Thing #18

Twitter...ugh. Although I have an account from ages ago, I am not a fan of this sight. One wrong move and BAM! anything you have said is in front of millions of eyes. However, if controlled, I can see twitter as a useful tool if focused on educated groups and focused on the education topic.
Educators need to understand how to use social media so that both they and their students are not improperly and irresponsibly posting inappropriate information, or displaying an organization improperly.
If Twitter came out with a strictly classroom focused news feed, that can be streamlined for individual classrooms, I think it could become a healthy format for communication, although as a teacher, I always prefer to teach social skills and how to use accountable talk face to face.